“This is My Safety, Sir”: Proper Firearms Handling

Eric Bana’s line, “This is my safety, sir” in Black Hawk Down has become almost legendary in the shooting community. It has also become a thorn in the side of that community. Safety is required in every aspect of our lives. Cooking, bathing, crossing the street, playing sports, jumping from aircraft, and blowing bubbles in

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Star Pupil: Get the Most Out of Firearms Training

The last couple of years have seen truckloads of new shooters of all ages and backgrounds join the community. Whatever the motivation, these shooters—as well as many established gun owners—are at a point where they are considering attending training. This is outstanding and matches well with the veritable explosion of trainers and schools. Bottom line:

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Shoot House All-Stars: CQB With Instructor Dream Team

EAG Tactical has recently shifted a large chunk of its annual training calendar to shoot house classes and has struggled to accommodate all interested and qualified students. The course is designed as a short dive into the subject built on a two-man team live-fire format. Military units typically deal with “Close Quarters Battle” conducted in,

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Shotmaxx: State-of-the-Art Shot Timer

I admit, I’m an old timer, err, “seasoned shooter.” I shot my first “combat” (now Practical) match in 1971. At that time, power factor was found using a ballistic pendulum. Score, then as now, was by seeing where hits were on the targets. In those days, as today, we used Walt Comstock’s creation, Comstock Scoring,

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In the Gravest Extreme: One-Handed Gun Manipulation

In firearms training and practice, a danger exists of doing all manipulations with the idea that the extremities are all working, because at the range they are. But in an actual defensive encounter, one limb might become inoperable before the fight is over. Although the chance of this is less likely than getting into a

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Knowing the Knife: Cold Hard Facts About Cold Steel

There are many myths floating around regarding knives being used as weapons. This article will address many of them. Fallacies and fantasies abound, so let’s take a look. Why do people use knives as weapons? Because they are widely available and can be obtained cheaply or for free. A knife is a terrifying weapon to

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Riding Shotgun: Fighting From Vehicles

Whether you are military personnel on a transport detail of a high-value target, a law enforcement officer patrolling the wrong side of town, or an average citizen in an ambush carjacking, knowing in-vehicle firearms tactics may be the difference in a life-or-death situation. Unfortunately, this aspect of self defense and firearms work is probably the

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One Shot, One Kill: A Contradiction in Terms

[Editor’s Note: The graphic photos accompanying this article are not shown for gratuitous or sensationalistic purposes, but rather to validate the fact that numerous shots may be needed against a determined adversary.] The term “One Shot, One Kill” became a semi motto in the sniper community sometime in the early 1970s. The term was used

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Make Ready!: Ready Line Training Facility

What makes S.W.A.T. Magazine different from all others is its laser-like focus on individual preparation for conflict and crisis. It makes no apology for this and is why it is immensely popular. While reading a magazine will never replace hands-on training, it is a great way to get motivated for “the journey,” which involves task-specific

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